The Tenyii Striker reminds me of a Samurai of old, amazing and a great way to make sure you get your Pizza, safe and secure!
Starting off, fire with Chaos Legion has moved to a very melee heavy builds, mostly due to Tarsa giving that boost to melee and health, the health is huge, but sometimes you need that ranged damage as well.
Enter the Tenyii Striker:
The striker is a mainstay of so many of my builds with the Fire Element. The 2 damage, 3 speed and 6 health is great at 5 mana, you add in the sneak, it makes it devastating to the back row of the enemy. Even when sneak is not allowed, the Striker is still a strong card to use!
Before we get to the battle, let’s look at the history and the lore that has been written about the Tenyii Striker (by Splinterlands.com):
A dozen generations sandwiched between the hammer of the Khans' cruelty and the anvil of the icy foothills of Kurguzd forged the Tenyii into reclusive deadly foes. Brought to the training creche from birth, taught to steal for food, beaten when caught and trained daily with the sword and spear as soon as they were strong enough for their hands to lift steel, the Tenyii clan were hard as iron and as fierce and silent as midnight on the mountain glacier.
When the Legion's heralds demanded a sacrifice of flesh and gold to open the rifts to the ways beyond, the Khan sent five hundred waadin berserkers to bring the tribe to heel. When a single horse returned bearing a sack of fifty skulls, the Khan threatened to burn the entire mountain to the ground. A dozen Tenyii Strikers were sent as tribute to spare the tribes and to satisfy the herald's call.
Following this they have a quick story on the Tenyii Striker as well:
“Of my brood year I alone survived the agoge. Through my offering I took the oath and was bound by blood to serve at my masters side. When the Khan's men came they slew my master and took my sisters as slaves but those that survived swore that night they would not reach the valley road.
By twelve moonlit blades was our honor restored. By twelve blades were fifty heads taken, the rest thrown into the midden crevasse, the skulls returned as a sign. Losing one hand he offers the other, threatening us with fire. As a gift we offer those same twelve blades of which I am one.
We sail the void and cross the rift, biding our time and feigning service but there will be a reckoning. We shall have his head and the heads of all those who dared stir us from our mountain home.”
-- Jin Mayumi, The End of Empire
If you are not jazzed by that story alone, that is crazy, I love this card!
The battle that we are examining for this one is a low mana cap at 21 mana, plus:
Reverse Speed: Monsters with the lowest Speed attack first and have the highest chance of evading attacks
Heavy Hitters: All Monsters have the Knock Out ability
This is not the greatest set of rules for the Tenyii Striker, but still strong with decent speed, and heavy hitters, doesn’t come into play a lot in the silver league, since the cards are lower levels. However, the slow speed did make me choose the fire splinter since there are some heavy hitters with slower speed.
Here is the quick link to the battle: (Link however, I will break it down, then you might want to watch again.
First up, the Summoner:
Tarsa is great on this one, coming from the fire splinter Tarsa is great on this one, brings a good amount of melee damage and health, perfect additions for the striker and the ability to stick around a little longer.
The front line was Tusk the Wide:
The low speed on Tusk helps with the reverse speed ruleset, but since there was only fire, water, and earth elements available, and I know that earth has low speeds, I went with tusk. The high health along with the void ability, that decreases magic attacks, would make sure that he stays alive long enough to allow my other cards to do some damage.
Next up is kind of a filler card:
A couple of reasons for this placement, it allows my sneak and opportunity cards to have another attack, but with the 2 health, it works with my other card in the lineup the Spy, so that when they have the same health, if the opponent has opportunity strike, it will hit this one first, allowing my opportunity another strike.
Next up comes a great card from the reward set:
At three mana, with a sneak, some armor helps as well, but the three damage is a great thing when paired with Tarsa, the health boost helps for that survivability as well.
This is another strong card, the opportunity, decent speed, but 3 damage is a good thing to have! The downside is the low health, so the Spy is put later in the lineup for that survivability, the Striker after leaves some time for sneak, while the cards in front should allow a couple of strikes into the equation. Paired with the scorch fiend really helped me as I described lower.
The last card is the Monster of the Hour:
Having the Striker at the back allows for the survivability with 7 health after the Tarsa boost. While allowing some strong strikes to that back line, a great card to protect the backside.
My strategy was great in working on this one! Even though I planned for magic attacks with Tusk, he still lasted long enough to get by strikes to the backrow. Using the scorch fiend really helped me as well. The enemy had the Spy out for the opportunity, but RNG caused that card to strike first, killing off my fiend. This allowed my last three cards to take out the enemy’s 2 backline cards, one being the spy, so it allowed me to do more damage until I only had to deal with the Living Lava and the shield ability. Due to tarsa’s boost to melee, it was easier to knock them down.
The Tenyii Striker is an awesome card, it belongs in almost every fire lineup, I would pick it up in gold, as I have because of that extra boost you get when you win! They will keep on striking down the opponents and delivering you that Pizza!
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I do want to say thank you for reading all of this and have a wonderful week!
Photos come from PowerPoints stock image, Bitmoji with Splinterlands logo on top of it, or my own screen shots of Splinterlands, along with the image that they provided for the Weekly Challenge.